An object crafted with the subtle skills that have been developed over years are felt in its faintest details – from the design and materials to the process and time needed to achieve the final piece.
Showcasing the return to craftsmanship and authenticity, The Craft and the Makers by Gestalten is brimming with evidence of both traditional and innovative methods that sustain the spirit of craft in a world where mass production prevails. Each artisan presented within its pages have mastered a product over several decades, from furniture, leather goods and woodwork, to jewellery, watches and motorcycles. What unites each one is a dedication to their chosen craft, a purity of purpose and the beauty and integrity of the final product.
While The Craft and the Makers is not intended to be an exhaustive directory of contemporary craftspeople, it does present a snapshot and diverse cross section of makers currently working across the globe. The profiles of each – 41 in total – reveal their personality, attitude, creative process and approach to their craft, which are accompanied by lavish images and behind-the-scenes photographs of their often private studios and workshops. The artisans profiled are often switched-on entrepreneurs who have drawn on their creativity and skill to create savvy businesses that have grown to become lauded by their customers and highly recognised within their field.
Inspired by the dedication needed to master a particular craft and the unique and beautiful products that skilled craftspeople produce, the minds behind The Craft and the Makers – Duncan Campbell, Charlotte Rey, Sven Ehmann and Robert Klanten – set out to explore the value of craftsmanship in the context of contemporary society. Turning the pages, from one artisan to the next, it’s clear that they have reasserted the significance of things made with passion and dexterity by human hands, while leaving behind mention that our industrialised civilisation relies increasingly on automated production process and mass manufacturing because of cost. But that was a conscious decision. “We live in time when the cost of everything is seen as a measure of its right to exist, and we wanted instead to consider craft in terms of its value,” write Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey. “This could mean the value of personal relationships, the value in techniques saved from extinction, the value to a community centered around craft production, the value in hard world, the value in sourcing materials responsibly and the glorious reality that there are stills some things money can’t buy.”
This book is ideal for those who are inspired by an unwavering dedication to excellence and a devotion to a lifetime of learning. If you’re interested in craftsmanship in a broad sense, this book also presents a wide variety of crafts, from the obvious to the unusual, and each of them will no doubt arouse curiosity and interest.